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noun - deciduous shrubs and trees of eastern Asia, southern Europe and the United States
noun - a low, woody plant
CERCIS - Cercis , is a genus of about 10 species in the subfamily Cercidoideae of the pea family Fabaceae, native to warm temperate regions. It contains smal...
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|A small genus of trees or shrubs, of the natural order Leguminos.|
|deciduous shrubs and trees of eastern Asia, southern Europe and the United States|
|Cercis , is a genus of about 10 species in the subfamily Cercidoideae of the pea family Fabaceae, native to warm temperate regions. It contains small deciduous trees or large shrubs commonly known as redbuds. They are characterised by simple, rounded to heart-shaped leaves and pinkish-red flowers borne in the early spring on bare leafless shoots, on both branches and trunk ("cauliflory"). Cercis is derived from the Greek word (kerkis) meaning "weaver's shuttle", which was applied by Theophrastus to C. siliquastrum.Cercis species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Mouse Moth (recorded on Eastern Redbud).The bark of C. chinensis has been used in Chinese medicine as an antiseptic.Cercis fossils have been found that date to the Eocene.|